Anya’s first challenge required her to make a very specific thing, a pork pie. For some of the challenges, I’d like to give her a little more freedom to experiment, and so for her second challenge, I thought I’d give her the task of figuring out what she could make that used a specific ingredient.
Tamarind is a fruit that grows in the pods of the tamarind tree. It has a distinctive sour flavour and is used around the world in a variety of ways. It adds the sour tang to pathia curries; it gets made into ice-cream, chutney, and sweets; and is a key ingredient in Worcestershire Sauce. All in all, it’s a pretty versatile little beast and its wonderful sourness enhances many dishes.
I’ve never seen the fruit itself on sale, but blocks of tamarind pulp and jars of ready-prepared paste are easily found.
Make two dishes, one savoury, one sweet, using tamarind as a significant ingredient in each. You are free to choose any dishes you like – the ones linked above are simply examples.
You may use either tamarind pulp or paste, as you prefer.